UK Foreign Policy

How Britain's Increasing Diversity Is Affecting Foreign Policy Thinking

Rumy Hasan | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

In his recent trip to Afghanistan, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband firmly stated that he would support British military intervention in future conflicts if it was "in the national interest". However, judging by recent statements made by senior figures in Britain's military, security and police establishments to two national newspapers, it will be in Britain's national interest not to engage in wars.

Cameron's China Trip Was Foolish and Craven

Sam Fowles | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Cameron's trip to China and his pledge that Britain will be China's "biggest advocate in the West", are bad politics, bad ethics and exceptionally bad foreign policy.

UK Arms Exports - Lessons Still to Be Learned from the Arab Spring

Roy Isbister | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It's possible I'm being too harsh on the Government. Maybe the remaining 130 licences for exports to Egypt are OK, and the risk that any of this other equipment might be misused is minor. But I suspect we need more revocations now, and a tighter policy on actually issuing licences in future. At the very least we need more information.

Flawed Logic in Decision to Lift Syria Arms Embargo

Dr Christopher Phillips | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Christopher Phillips

Britain's policy is fraught with further risks. Weapons could end up in the wrong hands. While Hague insists recipients will be carefully vetted to ensure they are 'moderate', there is no guarantee they will not radicalize in the future.

Lee Rigby

Peter Thompson | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Thompson

The attack on Lee Rigby cannot be condemned enough. But that must not lead us to condemn whole communities who - even if they have their doubts about British and US foreign policy - also have nothing but condemnation of those murderous acts in Woolwich.

British Hostage Among Seven Feared Killed By Nigeria Kidnappers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK

An Islamist terror group claims it has executed seven kidnapped foreigners, with one of those kidnapped by the group believed to be British. It is ...

Stronger Sanctions Are Needed for Diplomacy to Succeed

Pauline Neville-Jones | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Neville-Jones

Economic sanctions incur significant economic losses for all parties. Provided they are successful, they nevertheless represent the least bad way forward in relation to Iran. And to give diplomacy a real chance of success, they have to be efficient and effective.

Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

Patrick Kane | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Kane

The military cooperation agreements announced last month with Algeria and Libya are part of UK 'energy diplomacy' aimed at securing access to strategic resources in North Africa. Both countries are identified in the UK Energy Security Strategy as producers of gas and oil which are important trading partners and hence countries which are important to the UK's energy security.

Cameron and Blair Share Similar Rhetoric Over Foreign Policy

Emily Stacey | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

Both have been Prime Minister, both know how hard the job can be. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Tony Blair highlighted why he and David Cameron aren't so different after all.

Manners Please! Romania Is a Country Worth Staying Friends With

Tessa Dunlop | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Tessa Dunlop

Romanians are used to coming bottom of the European pile. I know, I'm married to one. He lives in Britain, and is often told he 'sounds English' - lucky chap.

The Conflict in Mali Has Nothing to Do With Fighting Terrorists

Assed Baig | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

If this battle is not for ideological reasons then what is it for?

Next for the American-British Alliance?

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

Diverse issues like instability in the Middle East, the financial crisis and climate change, all bear the footprint of the US. It is therefore incontrovertible that if we, here in the UK, wish to genuinely affect such issues, it is in our vital strategic interest to cement the 'special relationship.'

We Need to Bring Our Troops Home

Natalie Bennett | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our most recent occupation of Afghanistan has been marked, much like the others, by a directionless war that turns Afghans into enemies while getting bogged down in mud and blood. The growing occurrence of so called 'green on blue' attacks on allied forces are not simply a failure of security checks but a deeper sign that more Afghan's than ever are unconvinced that the 11 year occupation has been for their benefit. We should bring home the 9,000 British service men and women still stationed in Afghanistan, taking them out of harm's way.

Can Britain Defend the Falklands?

Mark Bell | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK
Mark Bell

It is certainly true that cuts to the British military would make retaking the Falklands more difficult should the islands be lost. It is also true that the discovery of significant hydrocarbon reserves in the waters around the Falklands has increased their strategic value, and that Argentine rhetoric on the Falklands has become increasingly bellicose. But does Argentina have the capability to seize the Falklands?

No. 10: We'll Stick To The Course Despite Kandahar Massacre

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics

The UK is "sticking to its course" in Afghanistan amid warnings British troops could be killed in reprisal attacks for the killing of 16 civilians by ...

Argentina's Top Diplomat Summoned To Foreign Office Over Import Boycott

PA | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Politics

The Argentine charge d'affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have raised our concerns wi...

PM: Argentina Pursuing 'Policy Of Confrontation' Over Falklands

PA | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics

Downing Street today accused Argentina of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the Falkland Islands, after reports suggested the South American s...

Why the International Community Has to Come Together to Help Somalia

William Hague | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics
William Hague

This week I visited Somalia's capital. Mogadishu is a city where people until recently were surviving, not really living. As its Mayor said to me, a 20-year-old Somali has never known anything other than violence and war... I left Somalia more convinced than ever that we have a responsibility to do our utmost to stem the decline of Somalia. Its people deserve a better future, and our own security requires their country to become more stable.

UK Action on Israel/Palestine

Matthew Harris | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK Politics
Matthew Harris

Okay, so it's always easy to be cynical about signs of life in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. But (and it is a big but), I can't help feeling encouraged by the moderate success - or lack of failure - of recent talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jordan.

Another Decade Of Support: What's Hague Committed The UK To?

PA | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Politics

The UK will provide economic support to Afghanistan for another decade after the withdrawal of troops, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. ...

An Ethical Foreign Policy Doesn't Have to end in Tripoli

Maurice Michaels | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK
Maurice Michaels

Last month Russia and China vetoed a United Nations resolution that was mildly critical of the Syrian regime's violent suppression of internal dissent...

Liam Fox Takes A Swipe At Blair... And Cameron

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics

Tony Blair's record as prime minister means he lacks the "great qualities" to be part of the Quartet on the Middle East, the defence secretary has sai...

Tony Blair's Secret Chequers Talks With Cameron

www.independent.co.uk | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron is secretly receiving political advice on foreign affairs from Tony Blair � most recently on how to resolve the international deadlock...

Cameron: Gaddafi 'Was A Monster'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Politics

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the UK's role in the military intervention in Libya, but said that Nato should not take too much credit for ...

Nick Clegg's new Thinking on Arab Spring

Matthew Harris | Posted 22.10.2011 | UK Politics
Matthew Harris

Liberal Democrats must be natural members of any such "movement for freedom". They should back their leader in ensuring that "the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the millions of citizens across the Arab world.